Crane removes fallen masonry from lightning-hit church
An uplifting sight greeted people passing St Andrew’s Church in Ramsbottom on Monday morning as a 120ft high crane removed more than six tons of fallen masonry from the top of its tower.
Unsafe stones, which tumbled onto the tower roof after one of its four pinnacles was hit in a lightning strike in July, and weighed an average of a third of a ton each, were lowered to the ground to clear the way for masons to start restoration work at the Grade II listed building.
It is likely to be the middle of next year before repairs can be completed to the church, which was extensively damaged in the storm, and the congregation can move back in.
In the meantime, services are continuing on Sunday mornings in the adjacent school building and church members have set up a blog at connectstandrews.wordpress.com to keep the local community up to date about building progress.
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